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APTN Reporter Wins Major National Journalism Award

by ahnationtalk on June 8, 2015707 Views



June 8, 2015, Winnipeg, Manitoba – Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) congratulates reporter Trina Roache of APTN National News for winning one of Canada’s top journalism awards. Roache received the ‘Journalists for Human Rights (JHR) / Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) Award for Human Rights Reporting’ at the annual awards of the CAJ. The award recognizes the best human rights story published or broadcast in 2014.

Her winning entry is Outside the Circle. This three-part series explores the struggle of Indigenous families to use the provisions of Jordan’s Principle to secure help for their special needs children. Jordan’s Principle was a unanimous motion passed by The House of Commons that aimed to ensure the needs of children requiring special medical attention on reserve do not get lost in jurisdictional squabbles between Ottawa and the provinces. Sadly, the Principle is regularly violated and families often find themselves battling for help in the courts.

Trina Roache is the Halifax correspondent for APTN National News and has been with news team for more than six years. The network also congratulates senior researcher and writer Kathleen Martens of APTN Investigates for her story, Wasting Away, which was nominated in the ‘Open Broadcast’ category.

The Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ) is a professional organization with over 600 members across Canada. The CAJ’s primary roles are public-interest advocacy work and professional development for its members. The CAJ administers the annual CAJ Awards, among the most prestigious prizes in Canadian journalism.

September 1, 2014, marked the 15-year anniversary of the launch of the first national Aboriginal television network in the world with programming by, for and about Aboriginal Peoples to share with all Canadians and viewers around the world. APTN is available in approximately 11 million Canadian households and commercial establishments with cable, direct-to-home satellite, telco-delivered and fixed wireless television service providers. The network launched its high definition channel, APTN HD, in the spring of 2008. APTN does not receive government funding for operations but generates revenue through subscriber fees, advertising sales and strategic partnerships. APTN broadcasts programming with 56% offered in English, 16% in French and 28% in Aboriginal languages. For program schedule or for more information, please contact APTN at (204) 947-9331 or toll-free at 1-888-278-8862 (Canada), or visit the website at

For further information about APTN or image requests, contact:
Jacqueline Jubinville
Manager of Communications, APTN
(204) 947-9331, ext. 339


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